- News Guide: What to know about December legislative session Updated: Nov-28-15 4:11 am
LANSING, Michigan - The Michigan Legislature returns Tuesday for two or three weeks of voting with a number of issues on tap before it adjourns for the year.
- Gay marriage is legal but not on tribal lands Updated: Nov-27-15 5:22 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Cleo Pablo married her longtime partner when gay weddings became legal in Arizona and looked forward to the day when her wife and their children could move into her home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up.
- Cuomo, de Blasio clash again, this time on NYC homelessness Updated: Nov-27-15 4:48 pm
NEW YORK - The feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not taking a break for the holidays.
- Feds try to close Montana-based timeshare donation program Updated: Nov-27-15 3:06 pm
BOZEMAN, Montana - The U.S. Department of Justice is trying to stop a Montana lawyer and others from running or promoting a program that appears to facilitate philanthropic donations of timeshares, but actually led customers to commit tax fraud and didn't give much to charity, according to a court filing.
- Presidential contenders differ sharply on climate, Updated: Nov-27-15 2:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calls climate change the greatest threat to national security. Front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton promises to install more than 500 million solar panels across the country.
- Politics, policing collide in La. town where boy was killed Updated: Nov-27-15 2:21 pm
MARKSVILLE, Louisiana - When a 6-year-old autistic boy died in a hail of bullets fired by a pair of moonlighting deputy city marshals, many residents of this central Louisiana town were surprised to learn that local police weren't the only ones patrolling their streets.
- Republican wants to impound cars if drivers lack license Updated: Nov-27-15 2:09 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - Drivers without valid licenses who are pulled over by police would have to immediately surrender their cars under a bill proposed by a Republican legislator.
- Feds extend comment period on plan to close areas to mining Updated: Nov-27-15 12:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has extended the public comment period on the agency's plan to withdraw 10 million acres of public lands in six western states from potential mineral extraction to protect habitat for the greater sage grouse.
- New Nashville federal courthouse project in limbo Updated: Nov-27-15 11:08 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Nashville's proposed new federal courthouse is in danger of being put off yet again.
- Officials say replenishing Grand Strand beaches years away Updated: Nov-27-15 11:03 am
MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina - Horry County officials say tons of sand stripped from Grand Strand beaches during last month's storm won't be replenished for at least several years.
- S Carolina shoppers latest to pay taxes on Amazon sales Updated: Nov-27-15 10:42 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A sales-tax break the Legislature gave Amazon in 2011 expires Jan. 1, making South Carolina the last state to collect among those where officials cut similar deals with the online retail giant.
- Water company owner in Yuma pleads guilty to tax charge Updated: Nov-27-15 9:16 am
YUMA, Arizona - The owner of a water company in Yuma has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of failing to pay taxes.
- 3 Chinese brokerages say they are under investigation Updated: Nov-27-15 8:04 am
BEIJING - Three of China's biggest securities firms are under investigation in a fresh aftershock from this summer's market plunge.
- South Dakota regulators to decide on Dakota Access pipeline Updated: Nov-27-15 7:51 am
PIERRE, South Dakota - South Dakota regulators are expected to decide Monday whether to grant a construction permit for a pipeline that will cross through the state as it carries oil from North Dakota to Illinois.
- Feeling the pinch of Indiana's new food stamp rules Updated: Nov-27-15 5:01 am
MISHAWAKA, Indiana - After more than three years in jail, Bonita Richards works at temp jobs, piecing together 20 hours of work each week at various factories.
- Japan plans extra budget, handouts, to pump up recovery Updated: Nov-27-15 2:25 am
TOKYO - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Cabinet ministers to prepare an extra spending package, including cash handouts for the poorest pensioners, seeking to breathe fresh life into Japan's stalling recovery.
- Farm recalls produce used in Costco salad linked to E. coli Updated: Nov-26-15 9:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A California farm is recalling a vegetable mix believed to be the source of E.coli in Costco chicken salad that has been linked to an outbreak that has sickened 19 people in seven states, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
- AT&T loses round in battle over nearly $400 million contract Updated: Nov-26-15 2:21 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Florida - An administrative judge is siding with a state agency against telecommunications giant AT&T in a tug-of-war over a major contract.
- Illinois high court takes Moline company's tax break appeal Updated: Nov-26-15 2:01 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a Moline-based aviation company is entitled to a state property tax break being challenged by a local school district.
- Judge recommends Iowa throw out 1of 4 Medicaid contracts Updated: Nov-26-15 1:39 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An administrative law judge has recommended that the state of Iowa throw out one of four contracts awarded to private companies set to take over the state's Medicaid program in January, a move that challenges whether plans to switch oversight can remain on schedule.
- Widows: Railroad knew of defect before veterans killed Updated: Nov-26-15 12:05 pm
LUBBOCK, Texas - Intensive care nurse Angie Boivin had just tended to a woman whose leg was severed near the hip when she saw her husband Larry lying nearby under an American flag blanket. She says that she was with him when he took his last breath.
- Russia strikes back at Turkey with economic sanctions Updated: Nov-26-15 11:59 am
MOSCOW - Russia plans to retaliate against Turkey for the downing of a warplane by imposing sanctions, cutting economic ties and scrapping major investment projects.
- Is Portugal about to go down the same road as Greece? Updated: Nov-26-15 11:43 am
LISBON, Portugal - An anti-austerity alliance including radical leftist parties takes power. A shaky economy and huge debts menace the national economy. The rest of Europe watches with a wary eye.
- 'Food Freedom' bill would free some farms from safety rules Updated: Nov-26-15 11:36 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Supporters of a measure that would exempt some small-time farmers and ranchers from food safety rules are pointing to a small Utah farm blocked by state regulators from selling turkeys this Thanksgiving as an example of regulations they see as burdensome.
- South Africa moves closer to legal trade in rhino horns Updated: Nov-26-15 10:00 am
JOHANNESBURG - A South African court on Thursday opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns, alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record numbers.